Athletes Make the Grade!

SU student-athletes receive academic All-Great West Conference honors
2011-06-27
By Jason Behenna
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Photo Credit: Eric Badeau

22 students from the men’s and women’s track and field and tennis teams made the 2011-11 Great West Conference Winter/Spring Academic All-Conference honors list this week.

Seattle U tied North Dakota for the most honorees in women’s tennis with three recognitions: senior Ariel Ohno, junior Katrina Schwab and sophomore Steffanie Mortera.

To be named Academic All-Conference, student-athletes must have had a cumulative grade point average of 3.2, using the most recent GPA figures from the institution. The athletes must also have participated in at least 50 percent of their respective team’s contests. First-year students and transfers in their first year of residence are not eligible for the award.

The Redhawks placed seven student-athletes from the men’s track and field team on the Academic All-Great West team including: seniors Hans Heitzinger and Michael Van Nuland, juniors Erik Barkhaus, Ty Jaros and Matthew McClement and sophomores Ryan Dennison and Kelton Sears.

12 members of the indoor and outdoor track and field teams also earned placements on the Academic All-Great West squad. Seniors Clare Obradovich, Allison Prather, Rachel Purcell and Becca Urbany picked up the honor alongside juniorsSarah Bolce, Celeste Cassidy, Elena Collins, Ashley Dalton and Ariel Johnson. Sophomores Meeghan Bergmann, Lauren Hammerle and Amanda Luna picked up the academic recognition for the first time.

“The Great West provides opportunities for student-athletes of member institutions to win conference championships, but balancing athletics and academics is the biggest challenge facing everyone who competes in collegiate athletics,” said Great West Conference Commissioner Ed Grom. “We have a high percentage of our student-athletes who have done a tremendous job in becoming successful in the classroom and on the athletic field. It takes a special person with strong focus and commitment to become academic all-conference and I applaud them all.”

The women’s tennis and men’s and women’s track and field teams will once again compete in the Great West Conference during the 2011-12 academic year. Those teams, along with all but two of Seattle U’s squads, will join the Western Athletic Conference July 1, 2012.